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Spiral Fracture Characteristics in some Reinforced Polymers

Nature volume 212, pages 391392 (22 October 1966) | Download Citation

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ONE of the reasons for using filled, rather than unfilled, plastics is the possibility they offer of reducing the occurrence of gross fracture by a redistribution of stress concentrations. One aim of the study of filled polymer systems is the prediction of stress fields and their correlation with subsequent fracture behaviour. The present communication demonstrates that controlled as distinct from random brittle fracture can arise when suitable fillers are incorporated.

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    , Applied Polymer Symposia, 2, 45, in Thermoanalysis of Fibers and Fiber Forming Polymers, Schwenker, R. F. (ed.) (Interscience, New York, 1966).

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  1. Polymer Materials Program, Department of Chemical Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey.

    • J. K. GILLHAM
    •  & B. H. ADEE

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